Art & Design Courses in London

Explore new and exciting subjects within a range of art and design disciplines, develop your skill set, get the support required to change career or launch yourself as a freelance artist or designer. All this and more delivered through our practical and engaging art and design courses at City Lit.

Our range of part-time, weekend and evening art and design classes are taught by successful artists and practitioners to ensure you get the skills, knowledge and experience you want and deserve. From experimental painting and drawing to contemporary jewellery making, there is sure to be a course for you. Study from 1 day to 2 years, whether you are a complete beginner or a practising artist preparing for an MA. Our courses are designed with you in mind, so you get to spend more time doing what you love. New for 2020 we now offer a creative portfolio of live online courses as well as our face-face studio based teaching.

Set a new goal, start your next creative adventure with City Lit and let us support you to realise your ambitions. There's a reason we’ve been rated 'Outstanding'.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

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  1. City Lit gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    City Lit gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    Looking for that perfect present? Treat someone to the gift of learning with a course at City Lit. Available from £10, our gift vouchers can be used to book a place on any of our courses, from London walks and food tasting to museum visits, poetry and much more. Simply purchase your voucher and the recipient can choose from thousands of courses, at a time which suits them.
    From: £10.00

  2. Adobe InDesign: stage 1

    Course Date: Fri 30 Oct 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Adobe InDesign is the key desktop publishing software used to create posters, flyers, brochures, magazines and books. On this stage 1 course you'll learn how to plan and design a publication, construct simple advertisements and lay out a multi-column page.

    This course is FREE if a) You are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £125.00

  3. Textiles: introduction to creative machine embroidery

    Textiles: introduction to creative machine embroidery

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 30 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover creative machine embroidery by making a range of experimental samples based on a theme. Explore and develop the effects created with different machine feet, thick and thin threads, tensions, free embroidery and appliqué.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00

  4. Try it out: painting landscapes

    Course Date: Fri 30 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Watercolour is an ideal medium to capture the nuance of landscape through the effects of light, shade, space, distance and colour. This course will introduce the basic techniques required for this traditional genre.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Art and creative thinking with Rod Judkins

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Nov 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Art is fundamentally about communicating ideas. If the idea is strong, the work of art is memorable. This exciting, one-day workshop, led by Rod Judkins (artist, tutor and author of ‘The art of creative thinking’ and ‘Ideas are your only currency’) will explore methods to create ideas and concepts and combine them with the process of making.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  6. City Lit year of the figure and portrait

    City Lit year of the figure and portrait

    Course Date: Mon 2 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The human form is an endlessly fascinating subject. Enjoy an intensive, three-term practical course exploring various aspects of drawing and painting the figure and portrait. Over this time you will make real progress and develop confidence in practical skills, informed and inspired by stimulating historical and contemporary artists' contexts for this genre.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £1,899.00
    Senior fee: £1,519.00
    Concession: £1,158.00

  7. Strengthen your drawing: experimental monotype and hand print

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 2 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This experimental course will push your drawing to the next level as you use a range of strategies which incorporate handprint techniques to refine skills and test different approaches.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £115.00

  8. Boris Mikailovich Kustodiev, Bolshevik, 1920, State Tretyakov Gallery

    Art of the Russian Revolution

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 2 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The Russian Revolution changed Russia forever. Explore how its ideals and realities were expressed in the painting, design, photography, architecture, textiles, poetry, and films of the era. Running in partnership with Pushkin House.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  9. The small early Christian basilica of Philippopolis, Plovdiv Bulgaria, 5th Century CE (Photo: Vladislav Nedelev) - This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

    In depth: exploring the sources of early Christian images

    Course Date: Tue 3 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the sources of early Christian images in depth. We'll consider the main developments, and the motivations behind their origins.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  10. City Lit fine jewellery

    City Lit fine jewellery

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 3 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your jewellery design and making on this year-long advanced evening course. From idea to product, finesse your technical skills, discover your design identity and approach professional practice and presentation, with the guidance of expert tutors.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £1,149.00
    Senior fee: £1,149.00
    Concession: £701.00

  11. Bookbinding: rare book design drop-back box

    Bookbinding: rare book design drop-back box

    Course Date: Tue 3 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Cut, construct and cover a standard Rare Book design drop-back box to protect and conserve books, archival material or precious objects and artefacts. Great for artwork presentation too!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £60.00

  12. Designing textiles using Illustrator: expanding personal projects

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 3 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This intermediate online course will improve on your Adobe Illustrator drawing skills while learning new tile and pattern structures using vectors. We will build on improving on repeat pattern techniques creating narratives for print design using multiple motifs and storytelling. Not suitable for beginners. You will need access the Adobe creative suite on your mac or PC before class.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £115.00

  13. City Lit Pro: Infographic design with Adobe Illustrator

    Course Date: Tue 3 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this practical course you will develop your skills in Adobe Illustrator, with a focus on creating infographics to present complex data in a visual, fun, attractive and impactful way to engage your audience.

    This course is FREE if a) You are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £499.00
    Senior fee: £499.00
    Concession: £250.00

  14. City Lit bookbinding course

    City Lit bookbinding course

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 3 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Step into bookbinding with this three-term course. Learn essential techniques and develop skills in using tools and materials to produce your own work. A stimulating, challenging and comprehensive introduction for beginners.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £1,159.00
    Senior fee: £1,159.00
    Concession: £580.00

  15. Drawing from plants and flowers

    Drawing from plants and flowers

    Course Date: Tue 3 Nov 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Make wonderful drawings in colour and black and white from a range of flowers and plants. Taking the rich and varied history of drawing plants and flowers in different traditions for inspiration.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £105.00

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